On 25-28 November 2019 in Kilkis, Greece, the "Journalists' Field Safety" training took place. More than 30 journalists from around the EU and the world attended the training, including seven journalists from Russia.
The training program consisted of lectures on how to talk about armed conflicts, how to spot fake news and verify information, talks about peace and security, and even about the rules of warfare. The participants also got acquainted with more complex issues related to field work and safety. They also learned how to negotiate and what actions to take in case of hostage.
The journalists were very much inspired by a lecture by Professor Christos Frangonikolopoulos, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, who said that “being journalists, we don't want to become mediators or do the work of government, international and army officials. We want to show people that there is an alternative to violence and militarism”.
Digital security was a very important part of the training. As it is crucial for journalists to protect their information and communication, they should be aware of the latest trends in this area.
And, of course, the participants had a unique opportunity to participate in a large international forum where they could share their experience with experts and colleagues.
Upon their return to Moscow, Luca Kadar, Head of Press and Information Section, the EU Delegation to Russia, and Eleni Vossou, Programme manager, the EU Delegation to Russia; met with the Russian journalists at the premises of the EU Delegation. They shared their impressions of the training and ideas about new projects as well as talked about new trends in the modern journalism.